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Becky Aikman’s Memoir Saturday Night Widows

“Can six disparate women who’ve just suffered unimaginable and premature loss find wit, irony, strength, and growth with each other? Becky Aikman’s Saturday Night Widows proves it in a laugh-inducing, page-turning way. It’s like The Help. Female bonding – a subject we thought we knew – gets a delicious, heartwarming overhaul, and you, the reader, didn’t see it coming. Lucky you!”
–Sheila Weller, author of the New York Times bestseller Girls Like Us

In her forties – a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role – Becky Aikman struggled to make sense of her place in an altered world. In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, she explores surprising new discoveries about how people experience grief and transcend loss and, following her own remarriage, forms a group with five other young widows to test these unconventional ideas. Together, these friends summon the humor, resilience, and striving spirit essential for anyone overcoming adversity.

Meet the Saturday Night Widows: ringleader Becky, an unsentimental journalist who lost her husband to cancer; Tara, a polished mother of two, whose husband died in the throes of alcoholism after she filed for divorce; Denise, a widow of just five months, now struggling to get by; Marcia, a hard-driving corporate lawyer; Dawn, an alluring self-made entrepreneur whose husband was killed in a sporting accident, leaving two small children behind; and Lesley, a housewife who returned home one day to find that her husband had committed suicide.

The women meet once a month, and over the course of a year, they strike out on ever more far-flung adventures, learning to live past the worst thing they thought could happen. They share emotional peaks and valleys – dating, parenting, moving, finding meaningful work, and reinventing themselves – while turning traditional thinking about loss and recovery upside down.

Through it all runs the story of Aikman’s own journey through grief and her love affair with a man who tempts her to marry again. In a transporting story of what friends can achieve when they hold each other up, Saturday Night Widows is a rare book that will make you laugh, think, and remind yourself that despite the utter unpredictability and occasional tragedy of life, it is also precious, fragile, and often more joyous than we recognize.

BECKY AIKMAN is graduate of the School of Journalism at Columbia University, Becky Aikman was a writer and editor for Business Week and a reporter for Newsday. She lives in New York City. Saturday Night Widows will be available from Crown Publishing wherever books are sold on January 22, 2013.

Visit Becky online at Facebook and Goodreads.

  • Dianne Starkey

    can’t wait to read this book.

  • Nancy

    Would love to read this as I am living it (being a widow) right now.

  • Ann Harper

    AS I lost my husband a short time ago .I learn it is a whole new life now.I want to learn how to go forward.I feel this book would help me in my new life.

  • Barbara Cassett

    I am interested to read a book about “real people” going through things that are real- not someone going on a world journey or switched at birth or any of the other things that fill the shelves of adult nonfiction. I will recommend this as the February title in my book club.

  • Kira, editor at Read It Forward

    Ann and Nancy, I’m so sorry for your loss. This book really helped a friend of mine whose husband died recently. I’ve shared it with other friends, too – they all find it really uplifting.

  • Kira, editor at Read It Forward

    Barbara, that’s great! I think your book group will really enjoy this one. So much to discuss!

  • PM

    Jumping, by baby steps, back into life is really what it is all about…

  • Gayle

    I didn’t particularly care for the book. I guess it hit home too much. You go through all the stages of falling in love, the hard work involved in a relationship and then the loss. How do you go on after that? Read the book and you’ll see how six marriages, their losses and how they began it again with each other’s friendships.

  • Deb Krenzer

    I read a lot of mystery and thriller books. I have to throw in chick lit books every so often just so I don’t seem so morbid. Ha! This sounds like one I would pick up and read. Thanks in advance if I win.

  • Ann Huston Mills

    Looks like quite a read so I have put it on my “MUST” list!

  • Laurie

    Sounds like a wonderful book for continuing life.

  • mary massey

    It sounds interesting

  • Sandra

    Excellent topic. I would love to read this.

  • Tami Valentine

    I can’t wait to read it!

  • Traci

    I would love to read this book.

  • Pam Brouillard

    This sounds like an amazing story of true friendship!
    I would love to read this book. It is now on my “to be
    read” list!

  • Helen

    Would be a great hand-sell…

  • rose mortimer

    would love to read this one

  • Martha

    Sounds interesting!

  • MichelleH

    Loved The Help. This books sounds great.

  • Kathy

    Why is there never a chance to request a free book on your site?

  • Brenda

    Just added this to my book list!

  • Carrie Seckman

    Love new reads!

  • Jessica

    I’ve been scoping for World Book Night….this looks great!

  • Amber Rairdan

    Sounds great would love to read it!

  • laurie blum

    This book is on my wish list :)

  • Bobbi Capwell

    I would love to read this. As a widow myself, I have been looking for books that show what the widow as to deal with from their point.

  • sandi ward

    This book goes on my wish list for Christmas – would be a great gift.

  • Alberta Kliem

    sounds like it’s right up my alley

  • Karen

    Sounds likes a great gift for a reader on my Christmas list!

  • Tammy Bontoft

    Looks good!

  • Jennifer D.

    Would love, love, love to read this book…it’s nice to read stories about real people rising above tragedy in their lives.

  • amanda

    I would love to read this

  • Cindy P

    Sounds like a good read.

  • Zoe Lee

    I would love to read this, sounds intriguing

  • mary verrecchio

    Please explain to me how you enter to win a free book. Thank you

  • laurie blum

    sounds like a good read for me :)

  • Janet G.

    looks like a great read

  • christina Rowland

    Even though this book is discusses the tragedies that a group of women suffered it also sounds like it illustrates the dynamic between the women and their healing processes while going on with the mundane life necessities. Sort of like a written version of one of them more dramatic Golden Girl’s epidsodes (GG is one of my favorite TV shows. It would be great to cry and laugh with the characters of the book as I read it.

  • Sophie Soriano

    Sounds like a good read. Please send

  • Grace Papaseraphim

    Sounds like a terrific read. I love stories that inspire and move me.

  • Kim

    Sounds like a very emotional, but good read.

  • Tanya

    Since I have such a love for animals, I feel that this book would be a good read!

  • Tanya

    I lost a boyfriend to an illness he could not recover Dr. It took a long time to accept his death. The book would be great for me to read..

  • sandi

    Would love to read and review this book. Thanks

  • Sunnymay

    The mood evoked by this story of women and their adventures after loss is stunning.

  • Allie

    Iwould love to read this

  • Allie

    I would love to read this

  • Christy Hawkes

    If I’m not too late, please enter me – I’d love to read this book

  • carole

    Being a woman who has lost her husband also, I could obviously find a commonality in this story. It sounds like a good read!

  • faye

    hope to be one of the lucky ducks to get to review this book! Looks like a very good read!

  • Sandy

    Can’t wait to read.

  • Nadia Archuleta

    What a terrific story — would love to read it!

  • Linda H

    This could happen to any of us .

  • muddyboy

    Just finished reading the book this morning and it is a must read for anyone (male or female)who has recently lost a spouse. These 6 women dump the traditional approach of depressing therapy groups and bond together to proactively work their way through personal tragedy by bonding together and embracing new experiences beyond their comfort zones including a group trip to Morocco. It is very inspirational and the writing is first rate.

  • Carol L

    Sounds like an intense read of self discovery. Love these types of reads. Thanks for this chance.
    Carol L.

  • Jennifer Praest

    Sounds Great….can’t wait to read this!!!!

  • Amber Rairdan

    Sounds great!!

  • Kira, editor at Read It Forward

    Thanks for the review, Muddyboy. I’m so glad you liked it.

  • Janice

    Quite intrigued! Would love to read this!

  • Kayo

    This sounds like a very interesting read!

  • Emily

    I would love to read this!

  • Joy Isley

    CAN’T WAIT TO READ HOW THEY SOLVE THEIR DILEMMA.

  • Elaine S

    This is my kind of women’s fiction. I have so many friends that are in this category right now.

  • Lisa Richardson

    sounds like a good read!

  • Kathy Garcia

    I won this book and it was delivered two days after my husband’s memorial service. I just started reading it. God sends us what we need in divine time.

    • Kira, editor at Read It Forward

      Kathy, my heart goes out to you. I’m so sorry for your loss. We send you many good wishes.